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Keep it brief: 28th annual 55 Fiction

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Keep it brief: 28th annual 55 Fiction


This year we kept it simple, just like submitters kept it brief, and New Times staff members from different departments wrangled through the stacks of words that made up the last year’s worth of 55 Fiction entries. They corralled the chosen ones into a short pile meant for print in our 28th annual 55 Fiction issue. The judges were Proofreader Andrea Rooks, Owner Cindy Ru... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles



Vaccines now mandatory for California school children


On June 30, Gov. Jerry Brown signed the controversial vaccination bill, SB 277, eliminating religious and personal belief vaccine exemptions. All California school children mu...

SLO staff recommends passing a Nipomo marijuana dispensary permit


A proposed medical marijuana dispensary in Nipomo is one step closer to becoming a reality, thanks to SLO County’s Planning and Building Department staff. The staff is reco...

Local news site gets into a SLAPP fight


Was a 2012 online news article about hazardous waste disposal in SLO hard-hitting investigative reporting or a defamatory attack on a local businessman? That question’s stil...

Fewer fireworks on the Central Coast this Fourth of July


For one day a year, freedom and fireworks are synonymous. But on this Fourth of July, in response to an elevated fire risk caused by record drought, y’all are going to have ...

PG&E says Diablo fuel cask snafu didn't endanger safety


Officials insisted that the improper loading of casks that store spent fuel at the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant didn’t compromise public safety. The issue came up duri...

CalFire to run Cambria Fire Department


Effective July 1, Cal Fire is in charge of the Cambria Fire Department. The Cambria Community Services District (CCSD) Board of Directors decided on June 25 to enter into a c...

A place to call home: Lawsuit filed against Grover Beach by a sex offender was years in the making


Grover Beach is being sued over its residency restrictions on sex-offenders, and there shouldn’t be anyone surprised about it. Officials with the city, which is one of only...

Equality, finally: The Supreme Court calls marriage--for everyone--a fundamental right


On June 26 the Supreme Court issued its most direct and monumental LGBT-rights decision to date. With a 5-4 ruling, the highest court in the country called marriage a right an...

Cougars & Mustangs


I’m not entirely sure if this was true for everyone, but in my experience, middle school was a tremendously awkward transitional phase in my educational career. I began to u...


Save water, eat healthy


Going on year five of continuous drought, in addition to many preceding years of dry weather, California farmers and ranchers have an arduous task in continuing to produce foo...


Dear New Times readers

Camillia Lanham - New Times editor

We received several letters over the last week regarding a comment made by someone we interviewed for the June 25 Street Talk. All of them expressed disappointment that the pa...

How could you print something like that, New Times?

Bradlee Kirkman - San Luis Obispo

I opened the June 25 New Times to Street Talk and read the words of Joshua Compton. Why would you possibly print his hateful words in what is normally a fun and light-hearted ...

You disappointed me, New Times

Robert Broughton

I was reading Street Talk in the June 25 New Times and one comment used a word that was disrespectful and disappointing because there are a lot of people with disabilities, in...

New Times should be more sensitive

Ian Myers - Atascadero

For the next Street Talk section in your upcoming New Times, I suggest you survey four adults living with disabilities concerning how it feels to see the word “retarded” u...

Think twice before publishing the r-word

Carolyn Vierra - San Luis Obispo

What gives you the right to publish the word “retarded.” Not only is it a word that’s hurtful, it insults people with disabilities. We all come in unique forms. Does tha...

There are alternatives to meat

Brenda Forsythe - Santa Maria

Thank you for sharing the insightful commentary “Save water, go vegetarian” (New Times, June 25). The opinion piece brought to light the enormous amount of water needed to...

Go U.S. Supreme Court!

Patty Andreen - San Luis Obispo

I am amazed and thrilled by the recent trio of decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court: legalizing same-sex marriage across the USA, upholding nationwide subsidies under the Aff...

SLO not happy

Jim Griffin - San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo, the so-called “happiest city in America,” has, in fact, a huge number of deep-seated, difficult problems and unsolved issues. Like everywhere in the West,...


I've got the power!

I don’t want to pat myself on the back, mainly because I’ll feel like I’m doing yoga, but when I’m right, I’m right, and baby, I’m on a roll! Last week I wrote abo...

Street Talk

What are your opinions on Megan’s Law and displaying a convicted sex offender’s address online?

Juan Jazo Scott Jackson	Greg Strickland Brent Sarkison

Strokes and Plugs

Firefly Haven offers new path to healing in Arroyo Grande


It’s like coming to your best friend’s house, where you can walk around barefoot, get a hug if you need one, and be yourself completely. That is how Heidi Seastrand descr...


Kids can get their hands on cool tools at SLO Makerspace summer camp


Sven Gasser is a pretty capable guy—the kind of guy who can build an electric guitar from scratch (it doesn’t have to sound good to still be a really cool experiment). For...

Two new shows light up the stage at Great American Melodrama


For an actor of the melodrama, there’s nothing worse than coming off stage without a whole lot of boos and hisses to show for it. That is, if you’re a melodrama actor pla...

Women celebrates the female at Steynberg Gallery


It’s Monday, June 26—Saturday Night Live star Gilda Radner and Little Prince author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s birthdays. It’s also artist David Settino Scott’s bir...

Belinda Carlisle headlines Pride in the Plaza on July 12


This year’s celebration of the Central Coast LGBQT community promises to be more colorful and vibrant than ever. Better yet—the whole enchilada culminates in an anticipate...

Studios on the Park exhibits the work of Harold Spencer and sons


How often do parents and their kids get together for the sole purpose of creating with pure abandon? Not often enough. In celebration of artistic divergence and the diversity ...

'Chapter Two' by Neil Simon comes to Pewter Plough


“First love” is complicated enough as it is. The second time around, it can get even hairier. Hairier usually equals funnier, and funnier means comedic gold to be mined! ...


The Stone Foxes rock the Seven Sisters Fest


There’s going to be a ton of great music next weekend at the third annual Seven Sisters Fest—Friday, July 10, through Sunday, July 12, at El Chorro Park off Highway 1 acro...


‘Max’ is a flawed crowd pleaser

After U.S. Marine Kyle Wincott (Robbie Amell) is killed in action in Afghanistan, his family agrees to adopt his traumatized military dog, Max. Dad Ray Wincott (Thomas Haden...


Bowl'd colors downtown SLO açaí purple


There’s something so addicting about a really good açaí bowl,” Bowl’d co-owner Chris Tarcon says. “When I’m eating it, I never want it to end. There’s something ...

Hayley's Pick

Bliss Café's Mystic Mango and 2013 Lazy Bones Paso Robles Cabernet Franc

Green eggs and ham? I’m cool with that. Green has never been more appetizing than in this cool veggie-packed smoothie. Almond milk, frozen bananas, mango, fresh kale, coconu...

Hot Dates

Shark weak

If you thought one Sharknado was a disaster, just wait for Sharknado 2: The Second One. For one night only, you can crack jokes at the mess that is Sharknado 2 right along wit...

Let your true colors shine

Proudly presented by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance of the Central Coast, the ninth annual GALA Pride Art Exhibit will be on view at the GALA Center in SLO through July 26. With...

Sand and fire

Fireworks may close out the night, but the Fourth of July celebration in Cayucos is an all-day affair. Starting with a sand sculpture contest by the pier from 5 to 8 a.m., the...